Tag: "diabetes"

Doctors Speak Out Against Plans To Make Statins More Widely Available

| June 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

As I’ve suggested before, doctors and researchers can have wildly different views on statins. Some maintain these drugs are ‘highly effective’ and very safe. Others (who bother to look objectively at the research) tell us that statins only help a small minority of people who take them, and have potential harms that are real but [...]

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Higher potency statins linked with diabetes risk

| June 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Last week, my blog post focused on the issue of the adverse effects of statins, and in particular the way these can easily be hidden or missed in the context of studies known as randomised controlled trials. The blog post was triggered by some recent controversy in the British Medical Journal. Authors of two BMJ [...]

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Little Evidence To Support Calls To Prescribe Statins To More Women

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back in February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft proposals concerning the use of statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart disease and strokes). Previously, doctors were urged to recommend treatment in those with a calculated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent or more. Now, [...]

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Untrustworthy Research Data Downplays Statins Side Effects

| March 13, 2014 | Comments (4)

While doctors and researchers often issue soothing reassurances about the potential for statins to cause harm, this is at odds with numerous reports that they can cause side effects such as fatigue and muscle pain. Now, a recent study claims to provide evidence that, for the most part, statin side effects are ‘imagined’ [1]. In [...]

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Drive To Put More People On Statins Intensifies

| February 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Yesterday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft proposals concerning the use of statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Previously, NICE advised doctors to recommend treatment in those with a calculated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent or more. Now, NICE is proposing that this threshold will [...]

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